Photography Workshop at Historic Dockyard Chatham

Event Date:
Start at 12:00 AM
October 30, 2021

As an 80-acre site with over 40 scheduled listed monuments and buildings, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is packed full of history and striking architecture. Our Photography Workshops provide an opportunity to go behind the scenes and get under the skin of the Dockyard, all through a photographic lens.

Guided by professional photographer, Louise Hubbard, you will gain access to some of the restricted, behind the scenes areas of the Historic Dockyard, from Victorian buildings to Historic Warships. Subject to availability, areas will include the Cock Loft – a 1/4 mile open attic to the Ropery; the Spinning Room full of old spinning equipment, with lots of opportunity to photograph many unusual gadgets; and the Tarred Yarn Store with its unique white-washed wooden walls. The tour will also take in other areas of the site which the public don’t often discover on a general visit.

All levels of experience and knowledge of photography are welcomed and so is any type of camera – be it a top of the range DSLR or a phone. Throughout the sessions. Louise will guide you to the best photographic locations and provide advice on composition and camera settings, including:

  • How to frame an image by getting creative with composition and depth of field.
  • What ISO, Aperture and shutter speed settings to use.
  • How to further manipulate exposure on both DSLR and phone based cameras.

Photography Workshops take place on Saturday 25 September, Saturday 30 October and Sunday 21 November.


The Photography Workshops are suitable for any make/model of camera from DSLR to smartphone, all we ask is it that it’s in good working order with a fully charged battery. You should know how to change the basic settings on your camera, such as ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Does not matter if you don’t know what to set them to. With a mobile phone, know your settings menu.

You will need to be over the age of 18 and be able to manage steps as there is no lift access to some locations, particularly the Ropery attic.

Spaces are limited (small group size of 10) and we advise early booking to avoid disappointment.